Fantasia opened up about her past struggles including her suicide attempt and now her triumphant comeback, musically and personally. She also speaks about meeting and marrying her husband Kendall Taylor.
The 32-year-old Grammy winning singer rose to fame as the winner of season 3 of American Idol. At the time she was just 19 years old and a single mother plucked from obscurity and given instant stardom in just that manner that the iconic show has done for so many.
Yes, much has happened since Fantasia Barrino dropped her surname so famous that in Googling her name it is she that the searcher finds, not that classic Disney animated movie of the same title.
In an interview with Billboard, she opened up about the struggles over the years that have played out in public including her 2010 suicide attempt which was just one but many tabloid headlines as she endured outright scandals or claims of scandals during her involvement with then-boyfriend Antwaun Cook. It was all so far away from the triumph of her career, not least, her 2007 Broadway debut in ‘The Color Purple.’
She said, “I was a broken woman.” She went on to tell the publication that her Grammy winning song ‘Bittersweet’ of 2011 represented a turning point. She said her healing process included daily affirmations such as “You are Strong” and “You are wise” that she posted on her mirror . She also cited the book, ‘The Power of Now,’ Eckhart Tolle’s bestselling self-help classic.
Summing up she said that the dark days she endured “put me in a place where I know what I do and don’t want, musically. If I can’t do what I feel, then I quit.”
She also opened up about her husband 35-year-old businessman Kendall Taylor, whom she married in 2015. She said, “Everything changed when I met him.” She elaborated and said, “I just knew [he was the one]. I was getting ready to go on the road, and he got on his knees and said, ‘Can I pray for you? I just want to cover for you down the road.’
Continuing, she said, “In the time I’d been fasting from relationships, I asked God for someone to pray for me — someone that could cover me and my kids [Dallas, 4, and Zion, 14] and be the man of the house. That’s when I knew.”
You can see the full interview here. Fantasia weighs in on other topics including police violence as well as violence among black youth and her commitment to make a difference.
Fantasia’s new album ‘The Definition OF…’ is due out on July 29.